Federal Social Security Law

Mar 07, 2011 No Comments by

The federal Social Security law has been on the books now for more than 75 years. It is the oldest and by far the most successful public benefits law. It is wildly popular with the public.

Disability benefits were not added to the federal Social Security law until the 1950s but are now a huge part of the Social Security Administration’s workload. While most people think of retirement benefits when they think of the federal Social Security law, disability benefits take more staff time at Social Security.

In the long run there is a funding problem in the federal Social Security law. For this reason, there are proposals to change the federal Social Security law to increase the retirement age, means test benefits or to increase Social Security taxes on the wealthiest Americans. These proposals are controversial. Former President George W. Bush’s proposal to partially privatize the federal Social Security law was extremely controversial. It would be hard to find a politician who is willing to go on the record in support of such a plan now. The Speaker of the House of Representatives is promising to bring forward a plan to cut Social Security benefits in some manner this year.

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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.
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